On April 18 and 19, 2017, Facebook presented the F8 in San Francisco (USA).
The F8 is the annual conference where Facebook shows its news and projects in which it is immersed. In the F8 Facebook makes mention of new updates in their products.
In this meeting the developers take special relevance, although significant advances are also mentioned.
In the presentation of the convention Marck Zuckerberg made it clear that Facebook wants to become an innovative global communication platform, thus leaving behind the perception of being a social network of text and image.
Among the proposals of Facebook is to create:
Artificial Intelligence capable of understanding people and spaces.
Facebook highlighted its Camera Effects Platform. Which runs AI systems and vision algorithms to understand environments. Make recognitions of people, places, objects.
The Camera Effects allows us new possibilities in creative development.
Joaquín Quiñonero Candela, director of Applied Machine Learning, spoke about the revolutionary capacity that computers are acquiring to process and understand images and videos.
According to Quiñonero, each individual pixel of an image can now be understood, allowing this to produce new experiences in the real world.
They also announced the OpenCaffe2 code, capable of performing and executing AI algorithms on a telephone.
Virtual reality capable of playing immersive content.
Facebook is making a strong investment in Virtual Reality either through software, hardware and content for PC and mobile. Oculus Rift, Gear VR and Facebook Spaces example.
On the second day of the F8, the company presented new models of the 360 Surround camera, which produces high quality videos for Virtual Reality.
The new x24 and x6 develop more attractive and immersive content that allows us to move within the video scene and experience content from different angles of vision. In this way the user just by moving his head can see the world from different angles.
Augmented reality through special glasses.
Michael Abrash, head of research at Oculus Research, commented on an augmented reality improvement in vision and hearing. Highlighting the glasses for its lightness and adaptability to take it anywhere.
Abrash says that virtual computing will give us the ability to forget time and space so we can interact with each other in different ways. At first it would be through transparent glasses that will show us virtual images superimposed on the real world.
According to Michael Abrash, virtual reality will take time, since profound advances are needed in the science of materials, perception, graphics and many other areas.
He says that by 2022, virtual reality glasses will be so advanced that they will be used every day, probably replacing the mobile phone.
Write through the mind.
Building 8 is a team of 50 people of research and development of Facebook that is fundamentally working on two projects oriented to communication.
A silent voice system that allows you to write with the mind from the user’s brain. It is intended that he can write up to 100 words per minute thus increasing up to five times the current writing ability that is done with the fingers.
Building 8 works on a second project that develops that we can listen with the skin. They are currently immersed in the construction of hardware and software.
Facebook wants Messenger to be more present.
They have announced several news in Facebook Messenger as they are the new “Discover” tab and improvements of the virtual payment assistant via “app”.
Facebook wants to continue growing in Messenger. The current figures of Messenger are 1,200 million users worldwide and 2 billion messages are made between people and companies per month.
Already in 2015 Mark Zuckerberg commented five advances that would happen in the near future:
Communication with other people through the mind.
Send by telepathy thoughts and emotional and sensory experiences to other people.
Experiential experiences in a virtual reality mute.
Mark Zuckerberg, “Our goal is to give people the power to experience anything: if someone can not travel somewhere, or be with someone in person, or even if something is physically impossible to build in an analog world”
Possibility of accessing the internet using lasers that come from the sky via drones and satellites.
Zuckerberg “As part of our Internet.org initiative, we are developing ways to use drones and satellites to connect the billions of people who do not live within the range of existing wireless networks.”
“Our connectivity laboratory is developing a communication system lasers capable of transmitting data from the sky to communities. This will greatly increase the speed of sending data over long distances. ”
AI systems capable of seeing, listening and understanding as people “We are building systems capable of recognizing everything in an image or video” “This includes people, objects, landscapes, etc.”
These systems have to understand the context of the images and videos, as well as their content. “” This could help blind people. “” If we could build computers capable of understanding the content of an image and explaining it to a blind person who otherwise I could not see that image, that would be something amazing. ”
Immunity against diseases. Zuckerberg highlights the role that artificial intelligence will have in the field of health. A large number of scientists agree that artificial intelligence and Big Data could provide great advances in health care.
The AI will allow studying millions of patients, detect symptoms and this will allow doctors to perform better personalized treatments thus improving results.
Source text, image and video: ExpovistaTV
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